by Sophie Jordan
Published: September 7th 2010
A hidden truth.
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's darkest secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away; if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.
Firelight was ok. I couldn't picture what the draki actually looked like. There wasn't enough description. And when there was - it was confusing. She had hair, but was a dragon... I don't know. I just couldn't picture it.
I couldn't stand Jacinda's mother. I understood her need to try and protect her daughter, but she needs ot give her a reason why she is trying to kill off her draki. Jacinda just feels like her mother hates that part of her and wants it dead without reason - which is how we see it as well. There needed to be more explanation.
Also, Will and Jacinda's relationship was waaay too weird and Twilight-esque with how immediately intense it was. Will's character was ok, but again, not enough description given to really get a grasp of who he is and why. Jacinda was decent enough, but annoying at parts. "I'm going to leave".... "No, I'm not going to leave".... "Wait, I am going to leave".... "No....." Make.Up.Your.Mind.
Overall, not a great book, but I probably will at least read the next one. I would recommend it to people who are just switching over from Middle-Grade level to the Young Adult level.